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it all down is now the hard right battle cry. slash spending, short the pentagon. crew up traffic control whatever raises the noise level, bashes the democrats and lowers hope. is this the tea party dream? is this john boehner's version of feeding time at the zoo, giving the crazies what they want so they will sit in their seats and behave? is this final payment to insanity the last vestige of what calm republicanism is ready to cough up? but how else can you explain the readiness of the gop leadership to let this fraken stein's monster, it doomsday machine, this sequestration go all out berserk? how else can we understand the party of lincoln doing such economic damage to the republic, such damage and moral to the people. democrat ed rendell and republican michael steele. gentlemen, i want to start with you, michael, because i know you will disagree with me and that's what this is about. i read a lot of good reporting today, not analysis, but good reporting from your side of the aisle, further right than you i believe, that says, great, let's have sequestration. let's short the pentagon.
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. these automatic spending cuts both parties agreed to are now almost certain to happen next week. the pentagon saying 800,000 civilian workers will have to take unpaid leave. >> unfortunately we have to continue with planning furloughs one of the most distasteful tasks i have faced in my career in this job. >> the white house warned about everything from longer security lines at tsa checkpoints at airports to a child care crunch. the former head to the congressional budget says a lot of this may be over blown. >> the kinds of things you hear about thsuch as causing a recession it is impossible for that to happen. it's a budget that can come and go with that budget. it's a $16 trillion problem. it's not going to trirg the economy. >> to drive that point home when you consider the sequester it is just a tiny slice of the pie. it shows how difficult it is to make relatively small spending cuts in washington. this represents 2-3 percent of federal out lay. >> doug luzader in washington. thank you so much, doug. >> time for an extreme weather alert. the snow already falling in wichita, kansas. look
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out of federal programs and the pentagon. 800,000 civilian employees have been told by the defense department that they will likely be placed on unpaid leave. with the house and senate still in recess, a number of democrats are calling for congress to reconvene to deal with this mess. secretary of state john kerry, meanwhi meanwhile, is reminding his former colleagues that actions here at home do have global implications. take a listen. >> it is often said that we cannot be strong at home if we're not strong in the world. but in these days of a looming budget sequester that everyone actually wants to avoid, or most, we can't be strong in the world unless we are strong at home. my credibility is a diplomat, working to help other countries create order is strongest when america, at last, puts its own fiscal house in order. and that has to be now. let's reach a responsible agreement that prevents these senseless consults. let's not lose this opportunity because of politics. >> you know, mike barnicle, politics is such a cruel, cruel game. seriously. there's one guy that gets to the to